Three Name Brands Top FDA List of Chicken Jerky Treats Suspects


Reports of serious illness in dogs associated with the consumption of Chinese-made chicken jerky treats continue to be filed by pet owners.
Canyon Creek Chicken Jerky Treats
Yet the exact cause of these illnesses still remains a mystery.

After extensive laboratory testing, FDA officials have been unable to uncover a specific contaminant.

So, to date, there have been no official product recalls.

However, according to a recent article posted by, FDA documents obtained by the publisher suggest a possible link to three popular chicken jerky products and their big name producers:

  • Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats or Tenders (Nestle Purina)
  • Canyon Creek Ranch Jerky Treats or Tenders (Nestle Purina)
  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats (Del Monte Corp)

However, the FDA stated in its latest official bulletin:

“No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined”

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  • Betsy Greer

    Interesting conversation recently that Susan Thixton had with Purina:

  • Cathy

    I have been giving my dog Nudges. Since they are US made and seem to have less ingredients/be more natural than others on the shelf, I thought they would be okay. I only give her small amount though (maybe half a jerky a day broken in pieces) as a special treat. She is between 35-40 lbs. I’d be more careful with a smaller dog. Seems fine, but I am curious to learn more about them too. My dog loves carrots, apple and banana too so, I try to give her more of those as treats/snacks and only give store bought stuff in small amounts. Anyone else have any information on Nudges? Anything negative reported?

  • Jo Horton

    sounds great may try that for sure

  • Lynne

    I agree. Why buy your dog treats at all? My two dogs loved those jerky treats, but it’s gambling with their lives, just to give them these horrible treats made in China. They don’t care what they put in them. There are even euthanized animals parts in them. Disgusting. It’s not hard to get used to making your own jerky. Just slice chicken breasts into thin slices and bake them in a 275 oven for 1 hour. I was even thinking of buying a dehydrator.

  • Gem_99

    Has anyone purchased “Loving Pets Natural Value All Natural Soft Chew Chicken Tenders”. They are sold at Walgreens. They say they are all natural and made in the USA. I recently had my senior Pomeranian pass away from kidney failure and I can’t help but wonder if these treats contributed to it. :(

  • Teresa Walker

    I purchased the Purina Waggin Train Chicken Jerky Tenders at Walmart. I gave a half a treat to my dog last night. She woke up at 4 AM this morning sick. As of now she has only thrown up once and I am watching her to see if I should take her to the vet or not. I called Purina who said that they have only put these back on the shelves this month and have so far not had any problems. These were made in China. We have our dog on a special diet to lose weight so this is the only new thing we had given her. Pet owners beware. This is an ongoing thing. I only wished I had paid more attention.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I don’t think that I would call the strong lifelong urge to chew that some breeds have teething, but it’s definitely a thing for pitties and several other breeds. Just because their teeth have grown in doesn’t mean that their need for chewing has disappeared. Providing several different types of chew toys also helps eliminate destructive behaviors. My dogs definitely prefer bones, but sometimes they don’t want their bones, they want their squishy rubber ball or something else. I’ve never had a dog bed last until my dogs were older than 2.

  • faithwh

    The elk antlers are very strong and don’t splinter….If they are the ‘split’ kind, they are obviously really delicious and our dogs will work forever, gnawing and working to remove the marrow…but it’s not messy and has been really safe for our 2 aggressive chewers. They last forever, even after the marrow is obviously gone. Still smells good to the dogs, and have never had one splinter etc. They are pricey but don’t get destroyed.

  • faithwh

    Our poodle mix (45 pounds) chewed and destroyed EVERYTHING when we first took him in. I eventually found the split deer horns, which were wonderful and lasted for a LONG time. He was about 9 months when we got him. That was about 2 years ago. He still like to chew but not like he did, and does not chew furniture, shoes, pens, all the time. He has grown up and goes to his toy box and pulls out something to chew if he wants to, and THAT is all. Oh, and but he will try to steal whatever our young pitbull is chewing…and that turns into a tug game. So…there is hope!!!

  • faithwh

    Are they teething? Our pitbull rescue is about 18months and still sometimes HAS to chew. It’s obviously back teeth from the way he chews. The ONLY chew toys that are strong enough and tasty, are large split elk horn. They last a long time and he no longer chews things he shouldn’t be chewing. Second to these are the large Nylabone chew bones. I make sure he always has something very strong like that around to chew. Have not come home to the cloud of stuffing from dog bed covering the whole kitchen since I realized this was it!! :) Am so relieved not to be struggling to sew up the beds any more!

  • dchassett

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I know you must be devastated. My heart goes out to you. I appreciate your sharing your experience here making everyone more aware that we all must research and read everything on packaging and making sure that we don’t feed our animals anything being sourced from China.

  • BOLO

    We had one dog die from kidney failure after eating Kingdom Pets: Chicken and Duck jerky treats (made in China), sold at Costco and the other dog had severe pancreatitus after eating the same treats and required 3 days of intensive care at animal hospital before she was saved. I am currently in discussions with Costco to see what they are going to do about selling this product in view of what we just experienced in Aug. 2013 with our dogs. We gave some samples of these treats to our vet who sent it to FDA but I’m not holding my breath for any quick answers in view of other comments listed here in reference to FDA’s failure to identify a known toxin yet.

  • betsy

    My dog is very sick from 100% chicken treats…made in China. I would not trust any of that and also made sure is says MADE in the USA not packaged in the USA

  • Glenda

    I have just lost a doggie to severe kidney problems caused by an unknown toxin. We suspect the chicken tender treats listed in the article above. I have a smaller dog who seems fine at the moment and now eats baby carrots. Please tell friends and relatives about this horrible thing poisoning our dogs. My vet told me they are desperate to figure out what the toxin is in the treats.

  • Sadden Pet Owner

    When my dog was a puppy, I gave him Chicken Jerky from China, I never even read the labels as to where they came from. He loved them!!! The I say something online about this product and how some dogs had died from them. I stopped right away, and from there on made sure all treats came from the USA. I had his blood checked just in case to make sure everything was fine. The vet never even heard of any issues with the treats. She said everything was fine.

    A year later, now his has major kidneys problems, and things are not looking good. He is only 2 and 1/2 years old! The vet we are using now, looked at his earlier blood work, and she said they were not right then.

    Now I know I have shortened my dogs life because I didn’t know any better, and there is nothing I can do about it.

    We are backtracking every thing I have ever given him to eat, but I know what it was.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Great to hear!

    Canned food and dehydrated food make great stuffing as well if you want some more variety. I was using Grandma Lucy’s last week and this week I picked of some cans of Merrick’s Thanksgiving dinner and Turducken. :)

  • Crazy4cats

    I’d like to share that I have been trying your idea of stuffing a kong with a mixture of pumpkin, applesauce and kibble and then freezing for my two large dogs. They really love it and it actually keeps them occupied for at least 20 minutes. Woo Hoo! The best part is that it really is a very affordable treat after the initial cost of the kongs. Thanks.

  • Bulldog Lover

    I will 1st apologize as I do not remember the exact name of the offensive product directly linked to canine deaths! This was a chicken jerky based product made in China, however the China identification was almost impossible to find &/or read the tiny print on the packaging. They got away with this by printing in a much more identifiable place a statement about being “Distributed By” a company based somewhere out on the East coast of the USA! More to the point this was a Chicken jerky wrapped around it was a dehydrated yam. I will admit, my 3 Bulldogs LOVED them not to mention it was kind of a neat concept with bright colors,etc. The other absolutely APPALLING piece of info here is this: before I knew about the things happening in China, I had been purchasing these death treats at my local COSTCO!!! Needless to say, I saw the info on my evening local news and obviously started checking out all the treats and goodies I have given to my little Buddies! Paying special attention to where these products are coming from,made of,and distributed by – lets face it,we love our dogs or we wouldn’t be on a site like this one ;) Just be careful out there my pet adoring friends!!

  • neezerfan

    I agree, I don’t believe for a second that they have the dogs’ best interests at heart. I also think they create the demand for the purebred dog that keeps the puppy millers in business, then they do nothing to stop them.

  • Bella Boo

    I am cofounder of a group that has many pet parents of victims of jerky treats in it. It is a place to learn and share information about this deadly problem. We have collected a lot of information on these products and brands, advice for victims, and all of the latest FDA reports.
    If your pet has been a victim, or you know of one, please visit our Facebook Group ANIMAL PARENTS AGAINST PET TREATS MADE IN CHINA:
    If you are not on Facebook, you can email us at [email protected]

  • Pattyvaughn

    They only care about the BUSINESS of dog$$$$.

  • blackdawg

    I was amazed to see that AKC has their name on treats and jerky made in China. It bothered me so much that I sent an email to them questioning how they, of all people, could endorse potentially dangerous products for our pets. They replied quickly citing all of the testing done on the products and added that not all of the illnesses that were reported were caused by the treats in question. If the FDA can’t find the specific cause of the illness, how can labs know what to test for. One would think that the American Kennel Club would choose to use American home grown products to put their label on.

  • Robert

    My friend purchased some dog chews from Stator Bros.( a grocery chain in southern California) with the name of PAWS chicken chews which made his 75 pound German Shepherd very sick but she survived. The vet told him for the dog to get plenty of water. I can’t believe that the bad dog food made in China is not recalled. Angers me very much. Robert from Escondido, California

  • Dr J

    That is more than enough exercise for a dog….Ours tear through the yard for hours, go for walks and are played with on end and still have the energy to get up to some mischief if they are in the mood. You have no idea how much stuff the find in our 2 old barns that has not been glued to the floor or hidden at a high enough level.

  • Dr J

    Just a question how can something that is high protein also be low calorie…..1 gram of protein is always going to be 4.1 kcal……

  • Fee

    For anyone interested, the brand of 100% freeze-dried beef liver I buy is Natural Choice. They are great for training, too, since they’re light. Mine will do pretty much anything for a liver treat. :)

  • Fee

    The only treats I’ll ever give my dog anymore are treats with ONE ingredient – 100% pure freeze-dried beef liver. Can’t really go wrong with that. It’s high-protein and very low calorie, so you can pretty much give unlimited treats (within reason of course). Fewest ingredients seems the safest way to go in my opinion, and I have 4 healthy and very happy large-breed dogs!

  • Jay

    So they let them kill our pets!!!

  • Jay

    The FDA won’t do anything about Chinese products bc of our trade agreement, too much $$$ to make!!!

  • guest

    I wonder if the same chicken is used in the Purina dog food as the treats.

  • 4Tessa

    Lost my otherwise healthy dog in August after she got sick unexpectedly. I am convinced it was from the Pupperoni Jerky Treats I fed her. How can a dog go from healthy and hiking one day to dead within 24 hours? The vet ran tests and could only say they did not know how a dog with good blood work other than elevated kidney function levels could be so sick. WISH THE FDA MADE IT KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC!!!!

  • Guest

    Thank you very much! I am also hoping mine will slow down in the chewing department as they get a bit older, sounds like there is hope!. :)

  • Guest

    Maybe “voracious” wasn’t the exactly the right word. I have just never had dogs that like to chew as much as these 2.
    They get on-leash walks since you can’t have off leash dogs around here and I don’t feel comfortable with it anyways.
    And we play tug with them, and work in some training (sit before you get the rope, release whenever given the command) while doing so.
    We also use a flirt pole and then play fetch which is just for fun.
    My dogs also don’t get treats (unless you consider bully sticks treats), I use their kibble for training and they get canned or healthy leftovers on their food for treats.
    I know almost all puppies/young dogs like to chew so that’s why I was just looking for safe alternatives for them whether they grow out of it or not.

  • Guest

    Another great idea, thank you. I have heard and read about food puzzles and such but never thought they would also help with the chewing. Good to know I have lots of options and I’m sure those will also help with mental stimulation.

  • Guest

    I just got in my order of Merricks Christmas dinner canned so this seems like the perfect time to start with the kongs. I’ll start with just the kibble, and then refrigerate, and then freeze it with the canned (they don’t get biscuits) if all goes well.
    I have been lucky that my dogs just chew the bully sticks till they are almost gone so that’s why I like using them, apart from them keeping them from chewing on things they shouldn’t.
    Thanks again to you and Julie for the great suggestions.

  • butchroy

    One other thing I might suggest, that works at my house, is the Starmark treat ball, it is translucent green and you can put treats, dog food kibble or peanut butter into holes at the end. It is specifically made for aggressive chewers. Butch LOVES his ball and chews it between his back teeth like humans squeeze those excersize balls. We always have a spare for when he eventually pulls a piece off, but they last for months and years, they are so strong. We get ours at Pet Supplies Plus and they are available at Way and Chewy and cost no more than 11 to 18 dollars.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I edited my response for clarity/specificity. I didn’t say your dogs weren’t lucky to have you or have the exercise they do get!! I was not making a judgement call on you, so I’m not sure why you took it personally. I admit I could’ve used a better word than “mindless”. I was just pointing out – as others have subsequently done by suggesting they “work” for their food/”treat” in the form of Kongs, puzzle toys etc – that the KIND of exercise that your dogs are getting may not be what they are wanting/needing. It may not be mentally and physically stimulating enough for them (ie off-leash walks vs on-leash walks.. you didn’t specify which one you do, but an on-leash walk is far more “work” for a dog than an off-leash one). The idea is the channel their minds and bodies into “good” behaviours which, although chewing is normal/good, “voracious” chewing is not. The idea of “treating” a dog with its normal kibble is one I subscribe to …it is feeding these things like “Beggin Strips” and the like – anything other than what they would normally get as part of a well-balanced diet – that I was referring to.

  • Crazy4cats

    I agree, I think your dogs are very lucky! I have two young labs as well. I do give mine bully sticks once a week in a vice grip to ensure they do not swallow them before they chew them up. They love them! I also got brave enough to give either a raw bone or a turkey neck once a week also. They are now a little over two and they finally do not think they have to be chewing or eating 24-7. Have fun with your pup!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    My dogs treated multiple times throughout the day. I like to use actual “food” as the treat though. For example, every night before bed they get a frozen kong that I’ve filled with either a dehydrated food (last night it was Grandma Lucy’s bison) or canned food or kibble layered with canned pumpkin. Throughout the day they might get one or two freeze-dries raw medallions. For training treats I’ll use ZiwiPeak or freeze-dried raw “nibblets” (like Vital Essentials). They have Kong wobblers too – sometimes I’ll put some kibble in those. It gives them variety and also, keeps them busy (in the case of their kong toys and gives them something to look forward to (after their walks they know they get a freeze-dried medallion and get super excited). I also share my food with them sometimes.

  • aimee

    My dogs eat some food out of bowls some from puzzle toys and some as “treats” I use high value foods/ treats for behavior mod. and difficult teaching tasks. I taught Brooke to retrieve a hot dog by using feta cheese as the R+

  • aimee

    If they haven’t used puzzle toys at first make it really easy. Start with loose kibble. Next try loose kibble with a biscuit blocking the opening. Then progress to mixing the kibble with canned and refrigerating and finally freezing. I’d put freeze dried liver in the end “dessert”, filled the middle with kibble/canned. and the appetizer was the biscuit wedged in the opening lol

    I’ve used Bully sticks on and off… BUT I have to hold them the entire time she chews otherwise she swallows them whole.

  • Guest

    Thanks, that’s a Very good point. And glad to know others have dogs that are/were quite the chewers too.
    I think I will start like you suggested with the kongs and then try freezing them cause I can definitely see them getting frustrated if they think it’s gonna be impossible to get the food out.

    I was worried about that exact thing with the antlers, which is why I hadn’t tried them yet.
    Looks like my best bet is try the kong first and see how things go.

  • aimee

    Hi Guest,
    When my Lab was young she was quite the chewer. I did as Julie suggested, her meals were fed from Kongs. I mixed her kibble with canned food or yogurt and froze it.

    Some dogs may get frustrated though if given a frozen Kong first time out of the gate so to speak. When first introduced you may want to make it easier for them to get it out. by not freezing them initailly.

    I’d be very wary of antlers. Anything that hard can fracture teeth. Someone I knew gave one to her dog and 20 min later was in vets office. The dog fractured it’s major upper premolar into 3 pieces.

  • Guest

    I definitely like that idea. I am a lil worried they won’t like the kongs cause of their dislike for rubber but maybe with their food in it, it’ll be a different story and I can see it really helping if is. plus I’d feel better giving them their own food instead of other things.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I could not agree with you more on feeding as much variety of possible..however “treats” are a human invention, and our need to “treat” our dogs is based on our need, not theirs. Dogs have no concept of what a “treat” is. There are many ways to vary your dog’s nutritional intake as often as you want – rotating kibble, adding canned and raw toppers (or feeding canned/raw generally) – without ever needing to feed them treats.

    How is it “not about nutrition, it’s about quality of life”? Isn’t nutrition a/the cornerstone to quality of life? Nutrition precedes quality of life.

  • Julie

    Dogs that have lots of desire to chew should not ever be fed from a bowl according to trainer Ian Dunbar. Get a couple of large heavy duty kongs for each dog. Fill them with the dogs regular daily amount of kibble that was soaked in water for a few minutes. Freeze overnight till rock solid. Give one or two to each dog twice a day. Don’t feed them anything else. The dogs will have to work very hard to get their food out.

  • Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion. I had been thinking about trying those and maybe I should and see how they like em.

  • Iheartmydog

    Try antler chews. I think I read the dark brown ones taste better? Anyway, my dog loves them.
    As with any bone or chew, you do have to supervise them and make sure they don’t break a small piece.

  • Jay

    Don’t trust any company that has jerky, even if said 100% U.S.A made. Just made the mistake and dog is very sick, didn’t think he would make in through the night, still he is barely hanging on. The treat are from Loving Pets Corporation located in New Jersey. Do not feed these to your pets!!!!!

  • Crazy4cats

    Very cute!

  • JamesB

    Her name is Asia, though I call her Darth Pooh since she tries to use her evil Sith powers to take over my mind during meals, which as far as I know has never worked though there are times I’m just as hungry after the meal as I was before it!

    I don’t know exactly how many litters she’s had as they were before I got her, and I haven’t let her have any litters.

    But it’s been around 5 or 6 of about 2-3 pups each. She lost some of the litters to parvo, both in total and partial litters. Parvo is a real problem here and the people who had her didn’t learn how to deal with it until after several pups were lost across multiple litters.

    Her Eminence, Lord Pooh was originally bought from a breeding farm by an individual who wanted a breeding mate for her Pom. But she didn’t like the little Pooh dog and gave her to a roommate (my godson) to cover a debt after she had Asia for a year or two.

    When my godson went into the military a year or two later, he asked me to take care of her while he was at training, so I had her for almost a year and a half before he gave her to me since he saw how she thrived living with me and how much she had become attached to me (and me to her).

    Prior to me taking possession of her, every one of her heat cycles resulted in a litter, which is why I don’t really know how many she had except for the ones with survivors and one or two of the later ones.

    She VERY big for a Pom at 12lbs, but it’s compact muscle as she’s only a tad bigger than the Poms that are in the 6lb-8lb range. I think her size had everything to do with her being able to have that many litters without any birthing complications with most of the litters I’m aware of having 3 pups on the average.

    She’s a Great Grandmother, I’ve actually owned her for about 2 years now and only decided earlier this year to not let her have another littler and to get her spayed. I should have done it earlier, but it took me time to make the decision about the last litter.


  • Guest

    Since you edited your reply I have to say just Wow. I actually think they are darn lucky dogs. Most dogs don’t even get that kind of training and exercise and at least I do whatever I can to try and make them happy.

  • Guest

    They are 2yrs and 6 mons. They are lab mixes. So yes they are young and I’m sure that also has something to do with the chewing.

  • Guest

    Because I don’t see them chewing as a problem. I just want to give them appropriate things for them to chew on. The only time they have chewed on furniture it was my fault because they didn’t have their appropriate chew toys and I wasn’t watching them close enough. The tree thing though I have been working on since I would like to keep my trees. So far as long as I redirect them and/or give them something else appropriate to do/chew it is much better and hopefully soon will be non existent.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Why not use that 30 mins of daily training time to train them not to chew?!

  • Pattyvaughn

    What breed of dog and what age are we talking about?

  • Guest

    Very interesting. I had never seen those before. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Unfortunately after reading what Betsy wrote I will most likely be avoiding that product.
    So hard to find not made/ sourced from China. :(
    I think I will stick with trying to find something similar to that that is sourced and made in the USA and also look for bully sticks that are also made and sourced here.

  • Guest

    While I agree that is a valid option, I know that’s not the entire cause. They get 30 min. training daily plus 1 hr of fetch/flirt pole and then 30/45 min of tug o war. They also go with me on a walk and then chase each other around the backyard and house and wrestle. Could they at times be bored? Yes, I’m sure they could ,but I don’t think that causes their love of chewing. They will literally just walk out outside to go chew on the trees.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Julie,

    If I recall, I looked at this toy and while the company makes it a point to say that it’s made of materials source in the USA, it’s actually assembled in China.

  • Betsy Greer

    How many litters of pups has she had, James?

  • JamesB

    Most of her breeding was done before I got her and discovered the allergies. Luckily her progeny doesn’t exhibit signs they inherited them from her, nor have any of their progeny shown signs, or their progeny (though he had rabbit ears, not sure where that came from!). But it’s in the genetics, so it’ll show it’s head sometime down the road…

    I was thinking of letting her have one more litter, but have pretty much decided against it and plan to spay her before her next heat cycle. The litter would have been for friends and family only, I wasn’t planning to sell them. But in the end, she’s had enough kids for one Pom and is a Great-grandmother now.


  • Julie

    If you have a PetCo near you (I’ve seen these for sale there) check out Petstages Durable Sticks. It’s a chew toy made with “actual wood” in it for dogs who like to chew wood.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Please spay her. She is NOT a good breeder if she has allergies.

  • JamesB

    Where humans and dogs are the same, though, is in needing variety in their diet, rather than eating the same thing all the time.

    It’s not about nutrition, it’s about quality of life. We take this for granted as humans because we control our diets and when we get tired of eating the same thing we go out to a restaurant.

    But dogs pretty much have only what we feed them to eat. Without that variety of palates in their diets, dogs start chewing on things like furniture and stuff as they are bored with their food.

    While dogs are generally not fussy eaters, they thrive better when their palate is teased with new flavors periodically. Snacks are one way to achieve this.

    Nutrition alone may not be a good reason for snacks but there are, nevertheless, other compelling reasons why one would and should give snacks to their dog.

    Again the key is not to overindulge.


  • Storm’s Mom

    I would try to figure out why they are “voracious chewers” and work on that behavioural issue. It can be (is usually) a sign of boredom, so maybe they need more mental and physical exercise? That is where I would start, at any rate.

  • Storm’s Mom

    The vast difference between humans and most dogs is that the nutritional intake of most dogs is fulfilled mainly by 1 product – kibble. A human, on the other hand, eats a wide range of foods at every meal. Instead of feeding a likely vastly nutritionally inferior “treat” over and over again, I frequently change the base of my dog’s nutrition (kibble), as well as the wet food and/or “human food” topper he gets (sardines, etc). He gets lots of variety without feeding him a “treat”.

  • Guest

    Just thought i’d mention they won’t chew on plastic/rubber bones but they will chew up my wood furniture, Go Figue! lol

  • Guest

    Ok. Other than raw bones ( nothing against them, but not feasible right now) what would you suggest giving dogs who are voracious chewers?

  • Storm’s Mom

    same as above

  • JamesB

    Do you buy treats for yourself? Most people do, so it’s a bit of a no-brainer to get them for you pets as well. It helps in variety in the diet as well as good for training and rewards. The secret is to no over-indulge….

  • JamesB

    She’s a little dog, so it’s a little scoop! She’s happy and healthy, now that she’s not having to deal with the burn in her nether-regions.

    I have a small yard and there’s only me and her. But when she visits her family they have a really big yard and at least 4 other Poms (sometimes more), so when she’s over there she eats more than what she gets here at home as she’s much more active.

    It would too simple to just ignore commonsense and feed her the same amount of food, but I keep an eye on her appetite, activity level and her weight and ensure that she’s not going hungry, but also that’s she’s not being overfed so she doesn’t become a pudgy Pom!


  • Guest

    What’s your opinion on bully sticks?

  • Storm’s Mom

    Why buy treats for your dog at all? Dogs don’t need treats. You are sort of playing Russian roulette by feeding treats these days (other than homemade, of course). Why risk it?!?!

  • Akari_32

    I’m curious to know if anyone knows about this new brand of jerky treats, called Nudges. They appear to be completely US made and sourced, and have extra added vitamins and such. I bought two small bags with a BOGO coupon, and don’t want to open them before I know more about them. There isn’t much out there, except whats on their website, and I’d like an outside opinion rather than the companies opinion, but as I said, there’s not much around about them. Anyone know anything?

  • Storm’s Mom

    Ok, so first, yes, I would definitely suggest trying a chicken-free and grain-free food.

    Secondly.. how big are these “scoops” that you are using to measure her food? My “scoop” holds 1 cup of dry dog food, so I am reading that you are feeding her 4 cups a day.. which is a MASSIVE amount for a 12lb dog. My dog is 26lbs and he gets between 1 and 1.5 cups PER DAY depending upon which food I am on in my rotation (he gets a different food every bag). If you truly are feeding her 4 cups per day PLUS wetting some of that food, and your dog is holding its weight, I have some ideas on why that could be (all of it not good), but first would like clarification on exactly how much food you are feeding her.

  • JamesB

    For now I’m feeding her the same food she gets for dinner. I’m using the Costco Kirkland branded dog food (both the chicken and the lamb) since it doesn’t contain any wheat, corn or nasty by-products (“by-products” in the list of ingredients is usually the best indication that you don’t want your pet eating that food, “bone meal” being another common ingredient you would take a pass that food for, which BTW eliminates 95% of the dog food you find on the shelf in the grocery store).

    For dinner she gets one scoop in hot water to make it wet food (I let it cool first though) and two scoops of dry in her bowl. What I’ve been doing for lunches is one scoop in hot water (after it’s cooled), like for dinner.

    I keep an eye on her weight to ensure I’m both not overfeeding her and not underfeeding her either. She’s a 12lb Pom, an amazon among Poms (but her kids are all in the 6lbs-8lbs range) and she varies about a 1/3lb either side of that depending on her activity level and if she’s in heat.


  • Storm’s Mom

    What “regular food” are you currently feeding her?

  • JamesB

    I have a Pomeranian with food allergies and she is so sensitive to corn and wheat that I can’t feed her almost 90% of the dog snacks on the market today, and I have to be careful not to feed her regular food that has wheat and/or corn either as this can trigger convulsions (which is how I found out how bad the allergies were, she was always gassy and had stomach issues, but I fed her a food that was high in corn content and it hit me like an anvil when I saw how she reacted to it, I knew right away what the problem was and what I was doing wrong).

    So I was happy when these chicken treats came on the market. I don’t free feed her, she eats when I eat (at lunch and dinner, I typically don’t eat breakfast), and I was giving her a single chicken treat for her lunch every day when I sat down to eat my lunch (I was feeding her “Waggin’ Train” treats).

    She has not been spayed yet as she’s AKC registered and is a good breeder. I noticed that when she goes into heat she would always develop a UTI, which I took care of with a herbal remedy (Berry Balance) which was very effective at first. But over time it took more and longer to deal with the UTI until I had to go to antibiotics, and even then it became somewhat problematic to eliminate the UTI. So over the course of 2 or 3 years, the UTI went from occasional to chronic, and then got worse recently.

    A few months ago it got real bad and none of the treatments were working and she was going nuts with that perpetual burning itch (and driving me crazy as well with feeling of helplessness in treating it).

    I happened to take a trip that I wasn’t able to take her on and left her with a friend (that’s where most of her kids live, so it was good for her to visit with them for a while). My friend uses the same food for his Poms as I do, except he free feeds them and limits the treats (so no chicken strips at lunch).

    After I dropped her off, I spoke with my friend the next day and it was mentioned that she was acting weird and described the UTI issues. I explained what was going on and that I’m at the end of my rope on it. He didn’t have more to add, but said he’d keep and eye on the problem till I got back.

    After 5 days I came back and picked her up and after taking her home, I noticed that night and the next morning that she wasn’t having the UTI issues. Since she pretty much ate the same food except for the chicken strips, I held off on giving her any for a week with no problems returning.

    Then I gave her one chicken strip for lunch every other day for a week and sure enough she started exhibiting signs the UTI was back. Yet 3-4 days later, without the chicken strips, she was fine and that’s without giving her the herbal UTI remedy or anything for it. The amount of water she drinks is down too.

    I would not have pegged these chicken strips as the culprit had I not taken that trip and the UTI being so bad that any change was easy to see (for the better or for the worse). But there is no doubt that it was the chicken strips.

    But she’s fine now and I’m relieved that she not plagued by the chronic UTI anymore.

    I have to figure out a different lunch to give her, but it’s a small price to pay to not have her trying to scratch that burning itch that never goes away. And there’s no telling what other complications resulted, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, if its going too…

    But she’s fine now and I’m relieved that she not plagued by the chronic UTI anymore.


  • Angie Strovel

    Thanks for posting this. Great info.

  • Angie Strovel

    VITALITY CHICKEN STRIPS – DOG TREAT purchased at TARGET – 2 different bags have caused blood in my dog’s stool. Just purchased 2nd bag 11/13/2013. Taking it back. Manufacturer claims my bag is not on recall.

  • Elaine McFadden, MPH

    We started reporting this story over a year and a half ago on Smart Health Talk Radio Show. The numbers are in the thousands for all of the dogs that have died from chicken treats from China. Gov’t finally admitted last month arsenic in our chickens and Maryland banned from their state almost immediately. Arsenic given because chickens kept in horrific conditions and arsenic keeps them alive along with daily antibiotics. Worse conditions in China. Not always on package. First three digits of UPC bar code tells country of origin. 690 – 695 are all MADE IN CHINA. 471 is Made in Taiwan. NEVER FEED YOUR PET ANY TREATS/FOOD FROM CHINA. NEVER. One story where dog died but owners did not tie to chicken treats as thought age reason, until new puppy brought in house and fed left over treats and got immediately sick. Buy organic treats instead. Recommendation for a low cost way to protect your dog from poisons, infections and harmful contaminants that can be in foods give them Nutramin 15 million year old minerals that are IONIC and can detox and kill bacteria, fungus, viruses, and parasites. Add to food and 57 minerals keep them healthy and strong while cleaning teeth. Can use on skin for itching and wound healing. Such a fine powder (one micron in size), the ionic charge will bind with damaged cells, relieve itching quickly, add a protective layer, and speed healing. Calcium Montmorillonite is only found a few places on the planet and one of the most powerful healers. Find Nutramin on Amazon about 5 cents a day. Especially important if pet sick. Mix with organic chicken broth and give with eyedropper.


  • Pattyvaughn

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to come across as uncaring. I can get very single minded and that was important to everyone. I would have been heartbroken, and I can’t imagine your loss.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Oh Wow!! Sorry!! I really didn’t mean to come across that way. I’m afraid I’m kind of single minded, and the idea of dogs being able to get Parvo from treats/food is kind of scary. It should be to everyone. So my mind just latched on to that. Everyone needs to know if this was confirmed or if she just thinks that is what happened.

  • Sugar

    I’m so sorry about your loss! Our local Walmart sells now ONLY jerkies made in USA and most of them are human-grade.

  • Jennie

    Oh my, toto states her puppy just died and you offer no sympathy, you just call her out on where her puppy contracted the parvo. That’s pretty heartless Pattyvaughn!

  • Jennie

    I’m so sorry to hear about your puppy

  • Pattyvaughn

    Not that I like Beggin’ Strips, I don’t, but how was it confirmed that the parvo came from Beggin’ Strips, because that sounds like a near impossibility to me, if not an outright impossibility.

  • [email protected]

    We had a foxred laborador puppy just last month contract parvo from beggin strips and pass away. so really beware of beggin strips brands (in nebraska)

  • Dee Dee

    I gave my dog snausages last week and she became sick the first day. By the 2nd day we stopped the treats because they were the only new thing we had given her. No more treats unless I know they are regulated like they should be. 10/30/13
    Just got a list on facebook and trying to check it out. I have not completed the research yet but just for your information here it is.
    Waggin Train
    Canyon Creek Ranch
    Harts Snausages
    Booda Bones
    Aspen Pet
    Milos Kitchen
    American Kennel Club
    cadet Sargents
    ever pet – Dollar General
    The kindoms pets
    Beggin Strips Pupperoni
    canine carrouts
    Use your own judgment on this list and research for yourselves before you decide.
    Home Pet 360
    Walgreens Simple – New product

  • ddca007

    The Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats made my dog very ill 2 years ago. I was shocked to find out after researching online that they are made in China. Nothing on the package gave any indication what so ever. My dog had diarea, vomiting, lost hair {mostly undercoat which, has still, after two years, not grown back). She lost 1/4 of her weight and has not gained it back either. I am shocked the product is still on the shelves at Pet Smart. These products are very dangerous. I will never buy them again.

  • ConcernedOrganicFarmer

    Sorry, but cooking sprays commonly contain soy lecithin, which is commonly made from GMO-containing soy.

    MUCH better to use parchment paper, which is reusable, than ANY cooking spray.

  • ConcernedOrganicFarmer

    Jerky treats are easy and inexpensive to make at home – the tough part is sourcing pastured chickens that have not been fed any GMO-containing grains.

    Once you do, bake a couple of chicken breasts, and then once they are cool enough to handle, tear them into thin strips and dehydrate in a food dehydrator or in a low oven for 12 – 24 hours, or until they are very dry but still a bit pliable. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to two months.

    No Chinese ingredients involved.

    Sweet potato treats are just as easy – if you cut them thin, such as with a Mandolin slicer, you don’t need to cook them first or even peel them. If you slice them thicker, you may wish to bake them whole before cutting and dehydrating.

    Good luck with your little guys!

  • Rita

    it would be very helpful to someone trying to find information if you would date your article. there is no way to know how old this information is and whether I need to look for something more recent. “just sayin’”

  • Jenny

    My dogs got very sick after eating the Sweet Potato treats made my Petco :( One had to have many vet visits with fluid pumped into her each time.

  • animalkingdom8

    He’s definitely being facetious but the point he’s making is invalid. No one is saying that Chinese people want to kill our dogs BUT we are saying that they aren’t quality controlling their exports.

  • animalkingdom8

    In fact, these products by Nestle and DelMonte ARE made OR sourced in China. Jesus. No one is saying Chinese people are bad but the fact is that these products aren’t quality controlled. And the same can be said for many children’s toys that come from China. The FDA is slow to react on incidents but at this point, they really have no choice.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I had a Saluki and a Doberman get bone cancer in the same hip about a year apart, but from what I know, I have always assumed it was something longterm from the food they were eating every day or an environmental toxin. I have never fed enough of any one treat over a long enough span of time for me to think it could have been a treat.

  • blackdawg

    I am aware of the genetic predisposition of the breed and probably would have accepted that had my golden not gotten the same cancer in the same hip at the same time. She was only 8 years old and very healthy. I lost them both within a week of each other. Seems too coincidental.

  • Amy

    My dog has both vomited and had diarrhea after eating American Jerky chicken treats by Petco. We thought we were safe because the bag said “Made in the USA.” Now I am not so sure.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Those are subcutaneous fluids and they are great for helping a dog to stay hydrated, but you do have to keep them warm.

  • Vicky

    If you get intravenous fluids put just under their coat at the back of their neck it works wonders and helps them to survive these bouts of throwin up and fever etc. It is way cheaper that regular treatments from the vet. You get the fluids put under their coat and then you can take them home. When they first throw up do not feed them for a few hours. Hope your babies feel better

  • Deborah Phelps

    It feels like a bad dream, I have 2 little chihuahua’s who go where I go in a stroller and I cook for them. Never thought about a treat problem. They tell me what time it is the same time everyday for cookie time! My smallest one started throwing up 2 weeks ago thought he had a virus, didn’t get better after 2 days went to vet, he is in renal failure. He is 3 years old. I have been giving them duck jerky since about 1 year of age. I have been buying the duck jerky sold at Walgreens, and sweet potato wraps with chicken. Timing is unbelievable that he got sick then this notice comes out. I found a lady online that has an amazing kidney health program and has been able to save lives and reverse the damage. I do not have the money to hospitalize my little guy so vet is working with me at home. Not trying to use this as advertising board so if anyone wants info on the program email me at [email protected] my baby is already doing much better. We have along way to go, I do have faith that this will work. The whole food chain for humans and pets has been so genetically compromised it is a very sad time. It feels like we have already had a death in the family because cookie time will never be the same. It’s so hard for them to understand change.

  • blaine

    please call Blaine if your vet has seen dogs treated for eating the treats 443 752 9143 need info on signs asap please

  • Susie Q

    I just hope enough media has reached people and everyone stop buying any kind of treats. Then maybe something can and will be done by the government. Besides the Obamas have dogs and I’m sure they want them to be okay.

  • Pattyvaughn

    When all the upvotes are Guests, you don’t know that the same person hasn’t upvoted the same comment however many times.

  • akeleven

    Cats also affected, just lower numbers for whatever reason. Just threw away $20 of treats. Sorry, kids.

  • Derp

    Also let me put this in perspective: We don’t care about them, why should they care about us? So much ignorance in America these days… It embarrasses me to no end.

  • derpy

    It’s all about the money my friend.

  • derpy

    You think people being payed for so little care about a bunch of fat foreigners? <_< Get over yourself. If people were smart they'd buy local. Outsourcing so much is hurting the country in many ways.

  • Derpy

    Why does this have a vote up? This is the most xenophobic post… -_- Unless it’s being satirical..? Anyways, China mass-produces many things for so little money, so it’s not really a huge surprise that this happens pretty often. Spend the extra dollar and go local.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Cats will willingly eat the dog treats.

  • Rebecca Braglio

    Having had to euthanize a pet as a result of a pet food recall, I try to be very cognizant of the source of the food and treats I purchase. While you can’t avoid every danger, being extra vigilant can help keep your pet safe. I would encourage checking the *source* of the protein – not just the manufacturing location. Because if a protein is imported but the actual making of the treat is in the United States, it is possible that the company could legally make a “Made in the USA” claim . . . because technically, it was.

  • thecolumbiarag

    Thank you so much. My first dog was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease about 6 months before he died. He was urinating a lot more than normal and his thirst for water was never satisfied.
    My vet was the same way, they are reluctant for a reason, you could still have much more time with your friend, even if you don’t try to spend quality time with him or her. I never got to say goodbye to my first dog and it still hurts me today I’m tearing up as I write this.

  • Boots

    Is this just the American way – find a scapegoat? It’s China they’re commies. How about Islamists, they hate us for our freedoms and want to kill our dogs. I didn’t know Nestles and DelMonte products were made in China? Who woulda thunk it?

  • Cere

    I did read that cats have become sick and died. Some of the cat treats are affected as well.

  • Missy

    Someone suggested it could actually be the Chinese drywall recycled into the dog food.

  • Susie Q

    Looks like homemade treats or none at all for my 2 dogs.But what about cat treats? Haven’t heard anything about those !

  • Pattyvaughn

    The problems started in about 2007. Obviously, whatever it is does not affect all dogs, but I sure feel bad for all the people who have had their dogs get sick or even die and they still see these things on the shelf month after month.

  • Christine DiPede

    How long has all these dogs had these treats?? Years or months? When did the symptoms reveal themselves?What were the symptoms?? I have given these treats to both my dogs, off and on… They absolutely loved them!! Just bought the duck jerky the other day because I think one of my dogs is allergic to chicken.She got sick immediately!! So stopped immediately…Then I just heard all this news about these treats… I remember when the waggin Train was recalled…So stopped and started with another brand many months later..I will never give them another jerky treat again…!!!I am so sorry for all of the people who have lost their pet due to these bad treats!!

    I would be on a mission!!!

  • TexasDogs

    Look for them at your local store, I can find that at my Petco.

  • Bea

    Tucker’s Jerky is the only thing I buy now. I just give him one per day. My Sheltie has to be on meds the rest of his life from the chicken jerky made in china that gave him a liver disease.


  • Shawna

    I do A LOT to help my little pup along but she has had kidney disease since birth and is now seven years, four months old and still in good health. Chronic kidney disease can be managed and a good website to research regarding the topic is

    PS — my vet gave my dog one year past diagnosis to live. That was five years ago. But again, I do A LOT to help my girl along. And it is quite pricey.

  • painterlady

    My dog became very ill after eating American Jerky Chicken and Sweet Potato crispers made by Petco. I cannot get any information from the company regarding the country of origin for the chicken or sweet potato.

  • Allies mom

    You say your 1st dog died suddenly of kidney failure? I wonder how long between diagnosis and passing did you get with your furry friend? My 15 yr old just diagnosed Monday, on meds trying to get an appetite, vet is hesitant to talk timeframe. Thanks and your current dog is lovely!

  • Betsy Greer

    Why not give him a good size piece of the ox tail raw and let him go to town! Cooked bones can splinter so don’t let him chew on the bones after you’ve stewed them.

  • thecolumbiarag

    Thank you. He’s a really sweetheart, all he wants to do is play and he loves kids. I too know the pain of burying my friend, my first dog Caesar died suddenly of kidney failure.

  • thecolumbiarag

    Thank you. I’ve been trying to cut back on the milk bones—my dad thinks it’s still the milk bones of the 1960s—, but his new favorite treat is boiled carrots. Just bought him some ox tails, going to cook them up tonight and make a little gravy, my boyfriend is super jealous.

  • Kelly

    Please check out Wylie’s Naturals. We make homemade all natural. Jerky treats that are made right in New Jersey! We buy all of our meat from local markets and is made from same meat we eat. Do not buy china made products it’s not worth getting your dog sick! or

  • Kalvia Davidson

    Stay away from any and all Wal Mart brands–all from china

  • Yipson Foods

    Here is a easy recipe for dog jerky that you can make in your oven at home:

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi thecolumbiarag,

    He is beautiful. : )

    Why Milk Bones though? They’re full of garbage. Please choose another treat for him. Even as far as commercial treats are concerned, there are lots of good ones. I bet you anything this boy would love a raw, meaty bone to chew on even more though.

  • old sarge

    Be advised that Del Monte has sold out to a China corporation. Avoid any Del Monte food product be it for human or animal consumption. I think the Chinese are trying to kill us and our pets.

  • old sarge

    Beautiful dog, looks like the one that I buried several years ago. Best friend I ever had. Died of old age. She ate few treats.

  • old sarge

    I agree with you, boycott China foods both for pets and for people. Who knows what kind of satiation and other bad work habits are in those factories in China. One major food brand DelMonte has sold its brand to China interest. I don’t buy any food item be for my dog or me.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m not sure if it is covering for them so much as the problem is so widespread that there isn’t much point in mentioning specific brands. If your dog is eating any chicken jerky, duck jerky, or sweet potato strips and gets sick, don’t worry about brand, just report it. There are several other brands that are also having the same issues, but they aren’t as big as these 3, so not as many pets are affected.
    Best, is to just not feed them at all rather than take a chance. It’s easy to dry thin strips of chicken at home in your own oven.

  • pat

    This was the 5th article I clicked on before any of the brands were even named. Why are news sites covering for Nestle and Del Monte, among others, if they’re selling food that makes our pet mammals sick?

  • janicecole1

    Has anyone heard of Foster’s sweet potatoe, it’s dehydrated or jerky but my dogs been sick ever since I’ve gave to her. Been back & forth to vet, taking meds & can’t figure what’s wrong.
    Just looked at pack & Omg it’s made in China.